Katie E.Mead


Perth + 61.8.6214.5722

Katie Mead's practice focuses on dispute resolution involving major resources, projects, and construction. She has significant experience acting for principals, contractors, and subcontractors in preparation for arbitration and litigation proceedings. Katie also provides strategic advice to a range of domestic and international clients in the energy, resources, and infrastructure sectors.

Katie has recently worked for clients on a wide range of high-value onshore and offshore construction projects. She has particular experience running complex international and domestic commercial arbitrations and has also represented clients in Supreme Court and Federal Court litigation proceedings. Katie has represented owners and contractors in relation to some of the largest project disputes in the Asia-Pacific region. She has particular experience in claims involving defective works, contractual termination, and statutory misleading or deceptive conduct, as well as contractual claims relating to extensions of time, variations, and project delays. Katie has conducted arbitrations seated in multiple international jurisdictions and is familiar with a variety of institutional rules.

Katie is on the Committee of Women in Oil and Gas in Western Australia, is a representative on multiple subcommittees within the Society of Construction Law Australia (SoCLA), and is on the Health and Wellbeing Committee for the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). She is also an active member of several industry bodies, including Arbitral Women, Women Lawyers of Western Australia, and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.

Katie has provided pro bono assistance in many matters while at the Firm and is a member of the Jones Day Perth Pro Bono Committee.


  • U.S.-based oil and gas company prevails in recent Gorgon project arbitrationJones Day successfully represented the Owner in an ad hoc UNCITRAL arbitration arising from one of the world's largest LNG projects, and the largest single resource project in Australia's history.
  • Tri-Star litigates joint venture disputes in AustraliaJones Day is acting for Tri-Star Petroleum Company, an independent oil and gas explorer, in multiple court proceedings concerning joint ventures in Queensland for the production of coal seam gas.
  • Family of child with Down syndrome quashes invalid visa refusal in the Federal Court of AustraliaJones Day has been acting pro bono for Ms. Kim Dang and her family since 2016.
  • Duro Felguera prevails in international arbitration arising out of Roy Hill Iron Ore ProjectJones Day successfully acted for Duro Felguera Australia Pty Ltd. in a significant international arbitration with Samsung C&T Corporation arising out of the US$10 billion Roy Hill Iron Ore Project.
  • ICWA and JN Taylor Finance (in liquidation) challenge liquidator's decision to review or re-adjudicate a proof of claim admitted over 20 years agoJones Day is acting for the Insurance Commission of Western Australia ("ICWA") in proceedings commenced by JN Taylor Finance Pty Ltd (in liquidation) and ICWA in the Supreme Court of Western Australia seeking to reverse a liquidator's decision to review or re-adjudicate a proof of claim that was admitted in the liquidation of The Bell Group Limited in the amount of approximately $291 million over 20 years ago.
  • ICWA protects its interests as creditor and funder in Bell Group liquidationsJones Day is acting for the Insurance Commission of Western Australia ("ICWA"), a Western Australian government entity, in proceedings commenced in the Supreme Court of Western Australia concerning the distribution to creditors of over $1.8 billion in the liquidations of the Bell Group.
  • MacDow defends subcontractor's claims for breach of contractJones Day is defending breach of contract claims made against McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd (MacDow) by a subcontractor performing works for MacDow at the Mooka Ore Car Repair Shop Project.
  • International offshore contractor manages disputes with owner and subcontractorJones Day is advising an international offshore contractor in relation to alleged defects procured by a subcontractor on the Ichthys Project.
  • Monadelphous litigates in Supreme Court of Western AustraliaJones Day acted for Monadelphous KT Pty Ltd. in proceedings in the Supreme Court of Western Australia (and two adjudications) concerning the construction of the Fortescue River Gas Pipeline Project, a 270km pipeline connecting the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline to Fortescue Metal’s Solomon Hub mine.